It looks like 2017 is turning out to be yet another phenomenal year for Viola Davis. The actress made history Tuesday morning (Jan. 24), after she was nominated for an Oscar for her remarkable performance as Rose Maxson in Fences. The recent honor makes her the first African American actress to earn three Oscar nominations in one lifetime.
The actress previously earned Academy Award nominations for her work in the 2008 drama Doubt and for her performance in The Help (2011), in which she portrayed Aibileen Clark, a black maid catering to a white family in 1963 Jackson, Miss,. Davis was previously tied with Whoopi Goldberg for most Oscar nominations for a black actress. The comedian was nominated for her performances in 1986’s The Color Purple and 1991’s Ghost. She received the Oscar for the latter.
The ‘Shondaland’ actress knows a thing or too about crashing down boundaries however. In 2015, the actress made Emmy history by becoming the first black actress to claim the award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder. During her emotional acceptance speech she stated: “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”
Earlier this year, Davis received the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Fences. So as for her recent Oscars bid, her chances are looking pretty good. Congrats to Viola.